Last Words to my Friend – R.I.P Anton
I don’t usually post such personal, emotional stories with real names on my blog, but I made an exception temporarily with this blog post that I dedicated to my friend who died tragically in South Africa recently.
I wrote it on the day of his funeral as part of me paying my final respect to a special friend whose funeral I could not attend because I was in a different country. I left it here for a short while as part of a process, coping with grief, shock and loss because we are so isolated in our own mourning over thousands of miles and a variety of continents – without the ability to communicate our losses or express our feelings when losing a friend or family member. The reality of having a network spread out across the globe where people traditionally used to come together in private and share their emotions, no longer exist for us due to logistical reasons and this blog was a vehicle for me to express those thoughts.
I hope that those who got to read it, got a final glimpse of a great guy who was loved by all and who is sadly leaving behind a family in mourning.
I have now removed this post but will keep on remembering those good times as we all continue our lives in the hope of a bright future that lies ahead of us all.
May you rest in peace, Anton.
* Anton Bidlingmaier (4 May 1969 – 7 April 2013) was shot and killed in an armed robbery in South Africa when he locked up their business.
Please pray that the violence in South Africa will be addressed and that it will become a safer place where people can live freely and live out their dreams, passions and bear the fruit of their hard work…..and keep their families safe…so they don’t have to leave…..
For those who did not get the link, but understand Afrikaans – here is the news article: